Kromkamp rounds on 'ugly' Reds
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool misfit Jan Kromkamp has accused his former team of being 'ugly'.
Liverpool misfit Jan Kromkamp has accused his former team of being ugly.
Kromkamp, who found a home at PSV Eindhoven after being shown the exit door by Rafa Benitez, claims the Eredivisie side have the measure of their opposition ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash.
With The Reds' form having taken a downturn this season, Kromkamp claims the team's failings have been exposed.
Chief among them according to Kromkamp is Benitez's over-reliance on long balls to Peter Crouch.
"We know how to get at Liverpool. They have plenty of weaknesses," said Kromkamp.
"They often revert to kicking long ugly balls up to Peter Crouch.
"The manager's tactics change as soon as you frustrate his players and that is what we will be aiming to do on Wednesday.
"They have weaknesses in several places, especially in the gap between defence and midfield, and also at centre back.
"In one-on-ones, the two in the middle of defence are very good, but they cannot contribute to Liverpool's build up play. So we will focus on that.
"If you block them from deep they soon lose their rhythm and start playing those long balls up to Crouch."